Wrestling: Nelson a force for Lincoln-Way Central
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 11, 2014 4:06PM
Updated: February 13, 2014 6:53AM
Lincoln-Way Central senior Joey Nelson wants to wrestle angry. Opponents don’t like him when he’s angry.
After just his second loss of the season — a razor-thin defeat to Lockport’s Dan Radcliffe, a regional champ last season — Nelson smashed three quality opponents Saturday at Central’s 12-team duals.
“I always come out and wrestle pissed off,” Nelson said. “I’ve got nothing to lose my senior year. There’s a good chance I’m not going to wrestle next year, so why not come out fired up?”
Nelson, a 132-pound team captain, upped his record to 31-2 with wins over returning state qualifiers in Barrington’s Kevin Conrad and Glenbard East’s Jake Drew.
“Nelson was awesome,” Central coach Jason DePolo said. “I don’t think those guys are going to want to see him again down at state.”
Central topped Plainfield South 43-20 and beat Barrington 32-18 but lost to Glenbard East 34-33 in a wild finale.
“(Glenbard East is) a tough team, but that was awful,” Nelson said.
“We should not have lost,” said Central’s Bryce Gorman, who is undefeated at 170. “We had three guys get pinned that should not have gotten pinned. We’ve just got to move on.”
Plainfield South, behind Central Michigan recruit Miguel Silva (113), broke its school record for victories after topping Joliet Central 59-9 and Warren 47-21. South is 13-4 in duals with coach Jason Acevedo wielding the most talent-laden team in the school’s short history.
“I definitely saw it coming because our team is really good in the practice room,” Silva said. “We actually requested to wrestle Lincoln-Way Central because they’re one of the best teams in the state. Coach (Acevedo) wants us to go against top competition.”
In one of the more star-studded matches, Lyons senior A.J. Villareal (160) defeated Minooka sophomore Carson Oughton 4-2 in a bout of returning state medalists. The outcome was payback of sorts. Villareal fell to Oughton’s older brother, Corbett, deep into the state tournament last season.
Lyons went 3-0 with wins over Hinsdale South, Minooka and Bradley. Glenabrd East also finished 3-0, adding victories over Joliet Central and Bolingbrook.